Four short years ago, New York City’s Public Access T.V. released a single track online, “Monaco,” which unexpectedly exploded. They sold out their first live performance soon after.

Four short years ago, New York City’s Public Access T.V. released a single track online, “Monaco,” which unexpectedly exploded. They sold out their first live performance soon after.

Over the last few years they have signed with Sony Records imprint Cinematic and supported Weezer, The Pixies, The Strokes, Gang of Four, Green Day and Dinosaur Jr. Two years after their new wave rock jolted them into the spotlight, they released their debut album, “Never Enough.” Last month, they released their follow-up, “Street Safari.”

“You kinda have your whole life to make the first album,” frontman John Eatherly said. “Some of the songs off our debut were feeling old to me. I was very antsy to make this new one and my head was exploding with ideas that were fresh to me. It felt great to have a clean slate for ideas and everything be brand-new. None of the songs on ‘Street Safari’ are old ideas worked into new songs. It's all written within this last year.”

Drawing heavily on new wave and post-punk rock, “Street Safari” is chock full of jangly guitar dance numbers, piano ballads and synth-drenched jammers. Eatherly has been heavily influenced by late '70s and early '80s music, but allowed some unexpected sounds to seep in on the new record.

“A lot of classic hip-hop, which surely inspired some things like the drum beat on ‘Safari (in my head)’ or my overall attitude,” Eatherly said. “I was listening to currents by Tame Impala. Scoping out early NIN, because I never really checked it out, which inspired some synth vibes on ‘The Quicksands.’ Sade was blasted on many occasions and a heavy influence. I was actually trying to stay away from a lot of stuff I've listened to too much and love. It’s gonna come out of me either way, so it’s best I change it up.”



Other rock bands not to be missed:


Acid Dad, 10 p.m. March 10, The Jinx

Stopover alums Acid Dad are set to release their psych/garage rock debut album March 9 on Greenway Records. After a few lineup shifts, they recorded the new album several years ago, but decided to redo most of it. Guitarist and vocalist Vaughn Hunt re-recorded the album in a spot in upstate New York.

“There is some newer stuff that isn’t on the record that we’ve been working out as well,” bassist Sean Fahey said. “Hopefully, we can record that this summer. We want to put out another record this year. I didn’t realize that we’re sort of opening for Pylon Reenactment Society. We used to cover a Pylon song. I don’t think we’ll play it. I don’t want to steal their thunder.”


Illegal Drugs, 10 p.m. March 9, El-Rocko Lounge

Atlanta’s Illegal Drugs will hit the studio after Stopover to record five new tracks, which they’ll release as singles later this year. The original four-piece noise/garage rock band shrank down to a three-piece last year. Frontman John Robinson has been toying with the band’s sound as a three-piece, expanding on their noise-rock foundation. Robinson played Stopover in 2012 with his former band, Turf War.

“There’s still stuff that wants to be in that same zone as the first record,” Robinson said. “Where it’s like, garage, punk heavy, noise rock influence. There’s some post-punk, dancer songs for this batch of five songs we’re releasing; dancing, Gang of Four-style drums. The (touring) set list has all five of the new songs that we’re going to record and release.”


The Muckers, 8:30 p.m. March 9, Barrelhouse South

Garage rockers The Muckers frontman Emir Mohseni moved to New York City from Iran in March 2017. They were slated to play Stopover last year, but President Trump’s immigration ban voided Mohseni’s visa. After finally making it stateside, Mohseni found bass player Arian Azar. Former Savannahian John Zimmerman of Wet Socks, who moved to New York last year, joined on drums to complete the lineup.


Bat Fangs, 11 p.m. March 10, The Jinx

Former Ex-Hex bassist Betsy Wright formed Bat Fangs in 2016 with drummer Laura King. They released their self-titled debut album last month. Full of '80s hard-rock riffs, the nine-track debut, out on Don Giovanni Records, heralded Wright’s move to electric guitar behind tough-as-nails riffs and shredding glory.